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November 12, 2011

NBA lockout could be a good thing

NORMAN — We’ve reached day 134 of the NBA lockout and still no signs of an agreement coming anytime soon. The owners ended their meeting late Thursday with what Commissioner David Stern characterized as their best offer to the players union.

NBPA executive director Billy Hunter had other words to describe it.

“It’s not the greatest proposal in the world,” Hunter said. “But I have an obligation to at least present it to our membership. So that’s what we’re going to do.”

The union is planning to meet with the player representatives Monday and decide whether to accept the latest deal or not. From the talk of Hunter and union President Derek Fisher, it doesn’t sound like they have already decided to decline the deal and continue to negotiate. Regardless, it looks like NBA fans are going to be in for a long wait before they see any real pro basketball again.

With that in mind, I am going to help NBA fans who will be searching for things to occupy their time. Here is a list of activities fans can get involved with until the NBA players and owners come to their senses and realize they are killing the game that has made most of them rich beyond their dreams.

5. Join a cult. Because you will toil in the fields and have to give up all of your worldly possessions, you will not have time to worry about not seeing Kevin Durant take on LeBron James on Christmas. By the time the New Year comes around, you will have been so brainwashed, you will have forgotten what basketball is anyways.

4. Get into soccer. It’s the one sport that never seems to have labor issues. The players and owners apparently know how to make money and share it equally. Also, no matter the time of the year or part of the world, you can always find a soccer game on TV. And if you’re lucky, you might see a riot or two.

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